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12/12/12 Concert Will Rock You

I live under a rock, so this was news to me last night. It’s probably been all the buzz for several weeks, but I’m out of the loop.

In an effort to raise money to help the people of New York and New Jersey devastated by hurricane Sandy, an enormous rock concert is being staged tonight from Madison Square Garden and will be simulcast all over the world on dozens of TV, radio, and streaming music and video channels on the internet. It will also be shown in any number of local theaters. And of course will live stream on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It’s a Farm Aid kind of thing, but with an all star line up larger than Woodstock. The hope is to raise tens of millions, if not hundreds. Concert starts tonight at 7:30pm Eastern.

click this LINK to visit the event’s homepage for all sorts of information, and to find a TV station, radio station, etc, in your area that’s covering it.

NEW YORK- Paul McCartney jamming with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder duetting with Roger Waters on a Pink Floyd song are just two of the acts in store at a benefit concert on Wednesday for victims of Superstorm Sandy, producers say.

The “12-12-12” concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden features a who’s who of rock and pop, including The Rolling Stones, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and Bon Jovi.

Producer John Sykes said the fundraiser would feature “the greatest lineup of legends ever assembled on a stage.”

He said Waters, McCartney and Chris Martin of Coldplay “are reaching out to other legends to join them on stage and create once-in-a-lifetime moments.”

Sykes said $32 million has already been raised from ticket sales and sponsorships. With the concert’s potential to reach 2 billion people through broadcast and digital platforms, organizers are hoping to raise tens of millions more.

To help with the fundraising, celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristen Stewart, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chelsea Clinton and Billy Crystal will take part in a telethon during the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. EST and is expected to last between four and five hours.

We Are The World, we are the internet. Two billion people? Nearly a third of the population of the planet. Horry Clap!

Donations will be collated and distributed by something called the Robin Hood Relief Fund. Never heard of them, and the name frightens me a bit, but let’s hope they’re not going to skim too deeply.

Tickets are selling for $1500 and up, way up, through venues like StubHub, which has promised to donate all of its commissions.

Hey, this could be awesome. And we’ll see how much the rest of the world gives back.



Posted by Drew458    United States   on 12/12/2012 at 10:50 AM   
 
  1. Something tells me the victims won’t see a dime.  Yes I am THAT cynical.

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   12/12/2012  at  04:08 PM  
  2. Go here if you give a crap about Who the RH fund is:
    http://911relief.robinhood.org/

    Posted by Rich K    United States   12/12/2012  at  08:32 PM  
  3. Hey, Im listening right now ... it’s a Pink Floyd concert. Well, mostly. Waters is in it, but Eddy Vetter? Meh. Still ... it’s a one step ride on the WayBack Machine to 1978.

    Thank God Springstain didn’t play long. God awful, he’s terrible.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   12/12/2012  at  08:37 PM  
  4. “the greatest lineup of legends ever assembled on a stage.”

    Pleeze give me a break. [On another note, finally about a zillion years past due, actually great rockers, RUSH, finally are going to be inducted into the rock n roll joke of fame - no wonder its in the mistake on the lake]

    potential to reach 2 billion people through broadcast and digital platforms

    Obsess much? we watched our L&O:CI dvds until CSI came on. These people really need to get a life.

    Donations will be collated and distributed by something called the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

    THAT explains why there is a poster on FB this morning, relating the true history that - RH did NOT steal from the rich to give to the poor, but rather TOOK BACK gov confiscated individual wealth and gave it BACK to the people who earned it. Oh, for someone to be able to do that TODAY in America.

    Sad thing is that the people who really need this money, won’t see a plug nickel of it. And the hypocritical liberals behind this will all pat themselves on the back for their good intentions - AND DOING SOMETHING.

    Like a bunch of old geezer rockers ever did something worthwhile in their lives (my apologies to RUSH).

    Posted by wardmama4    United States   12/13/2012  at  09:51 AM  
  5. My friend in Belmar hasn’t been offered a single cent.  We shall see.

    Posted by grayjohn    United States   12/15/2012  at  02:40 PM  
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